Does anyone else remember the soap dispensers in the school rest rooms in the 70's? (Probably earlier, too.) They were stainless steel cones and you pushed the bottom button up and soap powder came out. No lather. I recall not caring for it and I certainly never thought about what it was! In hindsight, I am positive that it had borax in it. Even today you can buy a soap powder with borax in it.
As a mom with lots of little people around, I wash my hands often and have tried many different things to wash my hands with. I am always on the lookout for what is effective, simple, inexpensive and safe. I thought I would share a recipe for my latest favorite hand soap powder.
Mix in a blender:
- 1 cup baking soda (sodium bicarobonate)
- 1/2 cup borax (found in the laundry aisle)
- 1/4 teaspoon orange essential oil
I bought a Parmesan cheese dispenser at a dollar store and it is the perfect container for my soap. It is sitting next to my kitchen sink. I sprinkle some "soap" in my hands, add some water and clean my hands. My hands feel very soft after I dry them and the light orange scent is very pleasant.
This powder can also be used to clean the sink as it is mildly abrasive but completely non-toxic. For cleaning the sink I usually use just baking soda (with a drop or two of essential oils depending on my mood.) But I will try this out for fun.
I think this will work well for my sons when they come inside with greasy hands after working on their vehicles. I will let you know.
If you don't want to bother with the borax or essential oils, I have used just plain baking soda to clean my hands for months and have liked that.
Happy hand washing! :)
~Mama to Many~
Thank you for this, I am hoping you see my reply as I am pretty sure I've seen your posts this year, 2018. I am on a quest to clean up my home and body. I live alone now. For about the last 20 years. I am 65. Thanks to Earthclinic and it's contributors like you MOM, I am realizing the more I read, the more I need to change. Your handsoap recipe is so appreciated, and yes, I do remember the powdered soap dispensers at school. So many things seem to have changed for the better, looking back, but I want to delete many of those my life if I can. Thank you again, Denise